On a late, cold Minnesota night in February, Ramsey County sheriff’s deputies pursued a vehicle allegedly involved in a carjacking. A 9-1-1 call also purported that one of the four suspects in the SUV shot an individual, which was later proven untrue, according to the department’s Facebook page.
As with chases, the suspects didn’t adhere to local traffic laws, including pulling over at the sight of flashing lights or sounds of sirens. Rather, the individuals thought it would be better to abandon the vehicle and attempt to carjack another auto that had pulled over. At this point, deputies reported seeing a weapon.
While the deputies on scene were able to prevent this second crime, the suspects took off again driving in the first vehicle. According to the sheriff’s Facebook post about the incident, they headed the wrong way on I-694. Still in pursuit, the deputies observed the back passenger door open, and warned colleagues of the potential for gunfire.
Instead, the individual threw out what was observed to be a white object that rolled into traffic lanes. Once deputies confirmed the object didn’t threaten their lives, they refocused on the chase. Soon after, the vehicle came to a stop. Two individuals exited and ran off on foot. Two others were apprehended still in the vehicle.
With the danger to driving citizens removed, deputies reviewed their in-car camera video to further inspect the white object. They concluded it most likely was a small animal. The following morning, they launched a search in the area and found a cold, frightened and injured puppy probably no more than 1 year old. They enticed him with a slice of pizza and safely secured him, then transported the pup to an emergency veterinarian clinic.
The dog, who has been dubbed Taho by deputies, was diagnosed with a broken leg and other non-life-threatening injuries. However, his ongoing medical care is estimated to cost $7,500. The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Foundation has assumed financial responsibility and is accepting donations at ramseysheriffsfoundation.org.
In the meantime, Taho is being fostered by a member of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office.